August 29, 2017

Uchinanchu diaspora: a film of Okinawans in New Caledonia

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A film titled Mabuigumi: Nyu Karedonia hikisakareta iminshi (roughly translated as “Torn souls: a history of Okinawan immigrants in New Caledonia) was released in Okinawa, Japan.

The film traces an Okinawans who left for New Caledonia in 1904. They worked as miners, and when the Pearl Harbor attach occurred in 1941, Okinawans were arrested, and men were sent to Australia as POWs. After the end of WWII, those men were sent back to Okinawa, and their families were left in New Caledonia.

The film is only available in Japanese, but the production company has a website that provides some information about the film and the background of the story behind the film.

The film has Japanese subtitles (no English subtitles).


The UHM Library plans to acquire resources on the Okinawa immigrants to New Caledonia.

August 23, 2017

Public Lecture by Prof. Mamoru Akamine on August 30, 2017

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The Center for Okinawan Studies and the University of Manoa Library are pleased to announce a public lecture by Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Auditorium at the Center for Korean Studies (on the UH Manoa Campus).

Flyer of Professor Akamine's public lecture

  • DATE: Wednesday, August 30, 3 PM
  • LOCATION: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

UHM Library has both a print version (a book) and an eBook version of the book.

The Ryukyu Kingdom : cornerstone of East Asia / Mamoru Akamine ; translated by Lina Terrell and edited by Robert Huey.

Note: eBook is available only for those who have a UH user ID. 


August 1, 2017

Public Lecture by Prof. Masayuki Dana on kafu

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A public Lecture by Prof. Masayuki Dana on kafu–an overview of Okinawan genealogy and examination of the Uchima Family lineage documents housed in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Room 301 in Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Prof. Masayuki Dana is a former professor at Okinawa International University, and an expert on Ryukyuan history, especially kafu, Okinawan genealogy. He will explains the characteristics of Okinawan kafu (lineage documents), and history of kafu in the Ryukyu Kingdom. Prof. Dana also shows the connection between the Uchima family’s kafu and the development of kafu creation in the history of the Ryukyus.

  • Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Time: 2- 3PM
  • Location: Room 301, Hamilton Library
  • Free admission, no registration is required
  • Open to the public

Lecture will be delivered in Japanese. Translation will be provided.

Those who plan to attend the lecture, please note that Hamilton Library does not allow to bring beverages and food inside the library. However, beverages with a cap/lid (such as bottled water, travel mug with a lid) are allowed to bring in.

The information for visitor parking is available here.

Visitors parking on Upper Campus between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm must park in the green Pay-to-Park stalls. Payment is made at the automated Pay Stations located near the stalls in each lot. These Pay Stations accept credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) and cash (quarters, dollar coins, $1, $5, and $10 bills – exact change only). No refunds are issued for these machines. Pre-paid parking may be purchased at $2.00 per half-hour increments; however, in an effort to create more available spaces, parking is limited to a 3-hour maximum before 4:00 pm on weekdays.

While parked, please display on the dashboard of your vehicle the permit ticket issued from the Pay Station. Make sure the expiration time is visible through the windshield.

The purchase of a Pay-to-Park daily visitor permit from an automated Pay Station will allow parking and re-entry into any visitor lot on campus for the entire unexpired time.

The above info can be found at

Phone: 808-956-8899 Email: parking [at] (please replace [at] with @).

The information for ADA compliant parking is available here.

The ADA stalls and Van accessible Stalls are shown here on the map (PDF).

This event is made possible by support from Ms. Donna Nakamura and the Uchima family members and supporters.